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I picked up a copy of this book because the words psychopathic killer and hyperkinetic Western noir caught my attention This book did not disappoint in the killing aspect There were a lot of bodies piling up quickly as the story progressed Yet, even with this factor, I did not find any of the characters that intriguing They were just alright Thus the story never really grabbed me and pulled me in and embraced me After a while I found myself just drifting along skimming the story Again only because I wanted to see how it would all play out that I did stick with the book I could though see this book being turned into a movie produced by Quentin Tarantino This style of book is right up that alley Warning to readers as there is language used. My ThoughtsI was really looking forward to reading this book I was expecting a lot of action, blood, guts and gore Sadly, for me, it fell totally flat I kept waiting for something exciting and when I got to the end, I thought really This book is getting excellent reviews on Goodreads I am but one reader in a vast sea of many and it would be presumptuous of me to think the problem is with the book Not every book is meant for every reader and this book was just not for me.Thanks to Doubleday, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review. And now he was perfectly conscious that Winter s words were inspiring in him the feeling that he, Noah, had always inspired in others That what he had believed to be the iron laws of the universe were merely his own prejudices, a tottering shanty built of questions, a stack of assumptions all the way down That the marketplace was a deep, dark pool of chaos, and that this man was its true apostle.But then he shook himself, blinked, and remembered that Winter was just a murderous lunatic, brought here by his brother I was expecting this to be Wild West y, but while the book begins in Oklahoma, its five vignettes about the Winter family take place all over the country I hadn t planned on Georgia after the Civil War or 1870s Chicago right before an election the Republicans are the good guys but although I struggled a bit at the beginning, Jackman can take disparate settings make them hang together beautifully Winter s story is told in a series of specific events bracketed by summaries of the atrocities that he and his family commit as they range around This device is effective inasmuch as even though at some point I realized that I hadn t seen Winter do anything than kill one of the soldiers who tortured him in Georgia, with every page I turned I expected him to casually murder whatever character he was dealing with Winter gets a new suit why not kill the tailor Winter returns to his childhood home runs into the old couple who d occasionally taken care of him in between beatings from his preacher father why not kill those two He s so effectively written as both filled with nothingness almost mythically untouchable by the law that everyone he comes in contact with seems automatically marked by death by virtue of breathing the same air as he Although there are abominations galore committed by every member of the family, Augustus is often on the periphery during the action, watching his henchmen darting into battle, singing ridiculous hymns and taking crack shots at the law abiding, but for all that you rarely see him do anything worse than any of the other guys, it s still easy to get caught up in the terror he inspires Everyone who says, He s just a man, learns their lesson soon enough Mildly amusing Bill read this while I was reading The Library at Mount Char and then we switched books I told him I was having a hard time getting into this because it was so violent he did a double take said, For god s sake, at least Auggie never roasted anyone alive in a giant barbecue grill Which, yeah, I suppose he s right and TLAMC is pretty freaking violent, but it s fantastic violence this is much grittier it gets to me a bit I can read about David the golden bull and wince, but stuff like this The Winter family emerged from the cornfield behind a farmhouse near the edge of town A woman drawing water saw them She let the bucket she was holding tumble into the well and she ran, shrieking, into the house The Empire brothers and a few of the rowdier ones followed Winter inside Charlie Empire was already unbuckling his pants as he hopped through the back door is much gruesome if you ask me Anyhow, if you re into gross, gritchy westerns that don t offer a lot of redemption or closure although the death of one particular character about 2 3rds of the way through, though it could have been a lot drawn out in my opinion, was worth my price of admission but are entertaining in spite of all that, you could do a lot worse than this book. I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This is the kind of book that all other books should aspire to be It is dark and gritty and full of emotional complexity It is full of bad people who do terrible things and have terrible things done to them It s about war and brutality, and how people can believe themselves to be good and righteous and yet do horrendous things because they believe in their goodness so much that they can t look past it It is, in a word, brilliantThe world s a hard fucking place A little hard to get by with just please More than anything, The Winter Family is a book about humanityPeople don t even really make this thing it s this thing that makes people It s as natural as a dream It s meaner than me, Bill And it s never going to die Augustus Winter, the leader of the Winter Family, is a brutal killer with a twisted sense of justice He sees the world as it is, a bloody mess of hate and greed where men prey on the weak Where good men are allowed to get away with their crimes because they conform to the new laws of society A society that is as corrupt and greedy as its peopleBut then what s justice It s men forcing themselves on the world You see I couldn t break the rules and escape For their rules to be real they have to spread over every inch of the earth There can t ever be one free space The west is slowly becoming developed, the Native Americans are being killed for their land or forced into reservations, and the wild places of the land are disappearing The Winter Family is becoming a relic of the pastI got news for you The war was civilization That was it You ain t fighting civilization, Winter There s no civilization out here for you to fight But it s coming And it s a whole lot bigger and meaner than you, friend And it s not going to have no use for you when it gets here There are no heroes, no pure souls Just blood and death and shifting loyalties.A solid five stars I d recommend it to anyone who doesn t mind having a bloody good time. Solid 3 stars for me Solid debut novel I really enjoyed this novel, so than I thought I would I have never read a western before and have only watched a few movies so I was stepping out of my comfort zone with this one I found it to be a gore fest with a lot of historical references and intriguing characters What I lacked was the feeling of being immersed I felt extremely detached from the story.Clifford Jackman is a very well versed writer with an obvious interest in the Western genre His band of psychopaths and misfits were both captivating and unsettling The plot spanning decades was interwoven beautifully Finally, the philosophical undertones were well fleshed out and thought provoking Now, I think the reason why I only could give this book 3 stars was because I just am not naturally a Western fan I mean, I do love Django Unchained but that may be because I love Quentin Taratino s movies, I played Red Dead Redemption for the most of my first year of university because I like Rockstar games, and was a little obsessed with Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron growing up because it was a beautiful cartoon and IT WAS ABOUT A HORSIE So, I may not a fan of the western genre itself and that could be why I didn t enjoy the book as my fellow readers I would instantly suggest The Winter Family to people who are fans of the genre or who are interested in the history of the Wild West This author playfully incorporates real events in American history into the plot and storyline of his fictional group of psychopaths, which was quite ingenious I think I just didn t get it most of the time since I am not an American History buff I had a hard time understanding what was going on, the significance of the events, and what direction the author was going image error This book caught me completely by surprise The Winter Family is about a ruthless group of outlaws who come together during Sherman s March to the Sea and continue to wreak havoc through Chicago, Phoenix, Oklahoma and California during the subsequent decades I m not usually a western fan, but I couldn t stop reading, desperately turning the pages I just had to know what they would do next and how after everything the story could possibly end Lauren W., of the Doubleday Marketing Department and new fan of Western Thriller noirs This review was originally written for the Historical Novel Review.August Winter is the leader of a hardened band of killers, men he picked up during his service in the Union army and his banditry afterwards Among them are psychopaths, rapists, an ex slave, and a tortured Indian These men terrorize the countryside and urban streets, from Sherman s March to the Sea, to the brutal streets of Chicago, to the deserts of Arizona and Mexico Spanning three decades, their story is one of tremendous violence, immorality, and carnage.Jackman s writing is mesmerizing, and very well done He sets you deep in the world of the 1860s through the 1880s the American West as it was opening up to modernity with the advance of steam engines, railroads, and brutal politics It isn t the rosy picture so often depicted in Hollywood, at least from yesteryear Rather, this is the story of the American West from the perspective of the killers and criminals that were so often at the forefront of civilization s advance.To call this novel a dark and gritty Western would be a tremendous understatement We spend its entirety with the worst of men, and Jackman seems to revel in their cruelty and evil There s no redemption, little in the way of justice, and nothing good to hold on to There s no silver lining, no ray of hope Just despair and evil Though I admire Jackman s storytelling, I couldn t stomach the graphic violence and seemingly endless wanton brutality. The Winter Family opens like a hyperkinetic Tarantino directed Western there s even a German character for Christoph Waltz to sink his teeth into , with blood and gore and mayhem The setting is 1889 Oklahoma and it s obvious that an era is drawing to a close As Augustus Winter leader of his eponymous gang saysTen years ago if the law was on you, why, you d just run into the woods There was always country Wasn t there, Freddy You remember that feeling right after the war Like you could just keep moving forever Now it s just Oklahoma And after the big land run in April, Oklahoma s not even Oklahoma anyWe need to cash out And this is it Right now Having started with an ending, author Clifford Jackman then sends us back to the gang s origin as a small unit of Union soldiers who, while participating in Sherman s March to the Sea, extend their role as foragers to include rape and mutilation, the destruction of industry and agriculture, the fomenting of violence amongst freed slaves, murder even of those within their own unit who don t go with the flow , and the spreading of general terror Although these acts were all carried out under the direct orders of their sociopathic lieutenant Quentin Ross, it is while being waterboarded by some Confederate soldiers that Winter becomes the man the leader he is destined to be All they were doing was baptizing him. Along the way they pick up a giant of a freed slave and an alcoholic Indian, and when the Civil War is finally over, officialdom denies having given this unit their orders and the gang becomes outlaws mercenaries for hire.What s most important about the Winter Family is that they are entirely free of ideology they ll ride against the KKK or join them to rob a train okay, only Winter himself actually joined that holdup, to the disgust of some of the others and their services are often paid for by the same civilised people who must officially denounce their thuggery They are brought into the Chicago municipal election of 1872 by the Republican Party in order to prevent the Democrats from rigging yet another vote, they re used as bounty hunters in the 1880s to track down Geronimo and collect scalps along the way, and if compensated, they re not opposed to wiping out entire Indian villages that stand in the way of progress The point is made repeatedly that the Winter Family is simply the flipside of the coin that represents democracy and capitalism and civilisation, and if the folks who officially run the show in America don t like what they see when they look at the Winter Family, it s because they don t like what they recognise in themselves.In the big picture, I did enjoy this story in a guilty pleasure Tarantino bloodbath kind of way I enjoyed that the Winter Family were neither heroes nor anti heroes that we re meant to cheer for there s never any doubt that these are bad men doing bad things but while often subtle, the overlay of politics like ending with a view of oil derricks pumping away inexorably into an unknown future seems an imposition from our own time no matter how Winter philosophises that the march of progress is meaner than me , I don t think I buy it as an authentic point of view for him And some of the writing seems a bit clunky, with some jarring metaphors that took me out of the eraLukas narrowed his eyes until they were like windows in a castle through which a defender might safely fire an arrow.He grinned a terrible grin that had nothing to do with humor or happiness It was like a monkey showing its teeth to a rival in a dispute over a coconut And there were repetitious phrases that I think could have been better editedHe could not believe, simply could not believe, that this was happening.Reggie shook, literally trembled, in his bonds Now, I m only being picky because The Winter Family was recently announced as a title on the 2015 Giller Prize longlist and it s up against some strong literary titles if this is meant as a serious work of literature, then I m going to treat it seriously, and to a degree, I found this book to be a bit amateurish in execution but very interesting in intent The section set in Chicago was my favourite with the stench of the stockyards and the dirty politics and the financier who is destroyed by the very innovations that he loves and the character of Augustus Winter was well drawn and fascinating to me There is much to like about The Winter Family and it serves as an impressive debut for Clifford Jackman. I veered away from my usual genres when I requested this book from Net Galley.This is mostly a western with a side of Chicago In a steady push westward from the burning of Atlanta, this story spans the years from 1864 through 1900 Even the so called civilized city of Chicago is only 1 step away from life in the brutal wild west In fact, it might be even brutal where its politics are concerned.The head of the Winter family, which isn t a family by birth, is Augustus Winter Golden eyed Inscrutable Cruel and seemingly without conscience, Augustus leads his band of mad men across the country This group isn t pleasant, but they re well drawn and make for fascinating reading With breakneck speed the reader is pulled along with this group, even at times when the reader is reluctant to go.The history of our country is brutal and this book does not shy away from the many crimes against humanity that were perpetrated back then I like to think that America has grown and learned from her history, but sometimes I wonder I also wonder what guise Augustus Winter would be employing, if he were alive today Head of ISIS Leader of the Taliban He may be a fictional character, but what he stood for is alive and well, even today, and I find that to be sad.This book is due to be published in April of 2015 I highly recommend it to those interested in the history of the United States, as well as to fans of horror and westerns I received a free e ARC of this book from Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. ^BOOK ★ La Famille Winter ⇨ Aux Pires Heures De La Guerre De S Cession, Une Poign E De Soldats Se Reconvertissent En Une Sinistre Fratrie La Famille Winter Il Y A Quentin Le Psychopathe, Les Fr Res Empire Qui Rivalisent De Cruaut Et De B Tise, Fred, L Esclave Qui A Repris Sa Libert Coups De Hache Et, Leur T Te, L Insondable Augustus Winter, Dont Le Regard D Ambre Glace Le SangParcourant Le Territoire Sauvage Des Tats Unis Du XIXe Si Cle, De La Campagne Livr E Au Pillage Aux Rues De Chicago Gangren Es Par La Corruption, Les Mercenaires De Winter Tant T D Fendent Les Avanc Es De La Civilisation Et Tant T S Y Opposent Farouchement, Laissant Dans Leur Sillage Plus De Morts Que De Vifs Pop E Nihiliste Cheval Entre Le Western Et Le Roman Noir, Cavalcade Brillante Comme Le Canon D Un Fusil, La Famille Winter Vous Pr Cipite Dans Les Zones Obscures De La Nature Humaine Pour Affronter Ses Contradictions Et Contempler Toutes Ses ViolencesTraduit De L Anglais Par Dominique Fortier